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May 27, 2012 5:00am PDT
conversation with to fastening people want the counsel general of listed of israel and the director of the israel center of the jewish committee federation of sampras's go marin and sonoma counties and the peninsula. let's jump in with some basics what is a counsel general. >>> a person in charge of the israeli consulate in the region are more less a branch of the israeli embassy in our region are consulate bases have cisco responsible for northern california and the northwestern united states considers his car for four years about to enter tour of duty. >>> the israel center is the department of the seven cisco federation established about 1516 years ago to be a bridge between israel and the bay area's jewish committee. the couple's of the death of been in the jewish community in the bay area for a good amount of time and am wondering what it's all of your observations about of the bay area understands the state of israel and the israeli culture and all the different ways in which israel functions in the world. >>> a divided it into a couple of things first jewish community here they area
May 20, 2012 5:00am PDT
israel center of the jewish community federation of san francisco and sonoma county and the peninsula. let's jump in with basics. what is the council general? >>> it's a person in charge of the israeli consulate in the region or less a branch of the israeli embassy and our region. responsible for northern california and the northwestern united states. >>> you've been here for four years and you're about to enter tour of duty. and what is the israel center. greatcoat the department of the center cisco federation. established about 15 or 16 years ago to be a bridge between israel and the bay area's jewish committee. >>> both of you've been in the jewish committee in the bay area for a good amount of time. i'm wondering what are some of your observations about how the bay area understands the state to visit israel and that is really a culture >>> i found i divided into a couple of things but first the jewish committee here in the bay area is a large and fibrinogen very deeply connected to israel. and we feel great kinship israel is the unusual nation state of the world people. the jewish
May 4, 2012 1:00pm EDT
none is as important as the work that adl has done to protect the security of israel. in a world of changing threats that task has never been more urgent or challenging. so this morning i would like to focus my remarks on the obama administration's approach to advancing israel's security. now for more than 60 years since israel's founding during periods of war and peace, calm and crisis, u.s. administrations of all stripes have worked to safe gord israel's security, republican and democrat. but i would maintain that no administration and no president has done as much as president obama has done to promote israel's security and i say this having served in every american administration but one since ronald regan was in office i bring a personal perspective to this as well as an analytical and descriptive perspective. thus, prime minister net new has said that our security situation with israel is unprecedented. that was his word for it. if you have relatives or friends in southern israel they can tell you what this has meant in practical terms in recent months. for in addition to the
May 4, 2012 12:00pm EDT
the story. they became the new israel. england maim the new egypt. the atlantic ocean became the new sinai. and they landed in a new promised land. if you live in the northeast of this country, that's why there are about a thousand cities and toupds that have biblical hebrew names. that's why you have your sharons and jerichos and bethlehems, if you're from long island, you have bethany and bethpage, they're both in jerusalem. and they gave hebrew names to their children. sarah and rebecca and david and solomon and made hebrew a required language at all of their universities. you had to take hebrew. james madison was a hebrew major at princeton and he failed. he had to go back and spend an extra year at princeton, because it's a hard language, trust me. where's the hebrew teacher? i'm sorry, i shouldn't say that. easy language. just don't tell james madison that. and so deeply engrained was this notion of the new israel in america, that at the conclusion of the american revolution in 1783, there was a debate between the u.s. leadership over what was going to be the great seal of the
May 4, 2012 12:30pm EDT
going to address the issue of u.s./israel relationship. that's not what interests me here and i'm also not going to talk about the -- i do want to take issue as an historian with something that you said at the beginning of your talk which is israel was born as a democracy and never known a second in which it was not a democracy. a few years ago a professor from the interdisciplinary center, wrote a very long paper with the declaration of independence and he looked specifically at the writing, the drafting of that document. >> israel's declaration of independence? >> kregt. and he shows in great detail that in fact not only as people usually forget, democracy doesn't exist anywhere in the declaration of independence but the word democracy was explicitly taken out of the language so as to prevent -- or to make sure there would be no question of sharing power either with orthodox jews or with the palestinians who were projected to be nearly 50% of the jewish state. >> does the word democracy appear in the american declaration of independence? >> i want to raise one more point. >> ple
May 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
conversations] >> on c-span today israel's ambassador to the u.s. is at george washington university.  >> spend the weekend in oklahoma city with booktv and american history tv. saturday at noon eastern chicken litter is life with booktv on book tv on c-span2 including the governors must read political books. and sunday at 5 p.m. eastern, oklahoma history on an american history tv on c-span3. to with the oklahoma city bombing memorial with the codesigned. plus a look at the african-american life in 1920s oklahoma, and native american artifacts from the special collections at the oakland history center. this weekend from oklahoma city on c-span2 and three. >> you are watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs. weekdays feature live coverage of the u.s.-centric on weeknights watch key public policy events. ever weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past program to get our schedules at our website. you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> israeli ambassador to the u.s. michael oren talked about the u.s.-israeli relationship mo
May 7, 2012 10:00pm EDT
majority so we had to veto it. a big victory for israel. xun pe unexpected one. one of the few issy has been able to do in the u.n. and i will close with this. and the fact credibility was ind he was critical of some elements of the settlement policy. the notion you are a friend of israel if you agree with everything the israeli power does at the time, it is not just wrong but counterproductive. but many of my friends on right, who now think you can never criticize the israeli government. i remember people attacking begin over camp david and other things. it was because obama articulated the position he did there was a problem with the settlements there were too many. it was a mistake in phraseology, on 67, i believe he corrected it. i believe his separation from the government, israeli government, was one of the things that added to the credibility. so his administration was able to deliver one of the few diplomatic successes at the u.n. >> barney, thank you. we now, provide you, bill an opportunity to respond. >> yeah, it is revealing barney has to attack the george h.w. bush admi
May 8, 2012 3:00am EDT
between the u.s. and israel and iran's nuclear program. earlier this year, barney frank announce head would be retiring at the end of his term after representing massachusetts's fourth district for over three decades. this event is an hour and 15 minutes. >> and john shapiro. [ applause ] >> good morning. john and i are delighted to welcome you to today's great debate of 2012 for ajc global forum. this has become an anchor event for the global forum, and the great debate can really be a -- is always a place where you can hear first the important issues. two years ago, many of us were here for the memorable debate on iran. and as we heard yesterday, this continues to be a very pressing issue for the community. and last year, the event covered israeli relations with diaspora jews, another major issue that can be hold in the corridors of all major jewish organization. most importantly, this year the debate will be on the american presidential elections, an issue that will impact us all and have great implications for the state of israel. and of course ajc can be counted on to present all
May 29, 2012 2:30pm PDT
his first state visit to israel, germany's new president reiterates berlin's commitment to the nation's security. >> powerful aftershocks in northern italy. at least 15 people are dead. ♪ >> syria is added to pinpoint -- those are the words of international envoy kofi annan and sit-ins' to salvage his tattered peace plan for the country. >> western powers have accused the syrian government of being behind last week's houla massacre that cost over 100 lives. in response, at least 10 nations, including the u.s. and germany, have been making moves to kick out syrian diplomats. >> syrian president bashar al- assad has denied any responsibility for the houla massacre, saying islamist extremists were to blame, as the pressure mounts. >> syria's ambassador left the french foreign ministry after getting the boot. he had just been informed that he had 72 hours to leave france. >> this was not decided by france unilaterally. it was in concert. >> in concert with other nations around the world, including britain, germany, and many other european countries, as well as the u.s., canada, a
May 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
community, from the embassies of egypt and israel and others. [ applause ] >> i would like to welcome the ambassador from norway. welcome, thank you for being here. [ applause ] >> before we start our session, i want to take a few moments to recognize a few of our leadership classes, and i recognize it's early, guys, but i hear the buzz. so i want to hear from you, all right? let's start with atlanta and the southeast. [ applause ] how about detroit? >> [ applause ] >> houston and the southwest? [ applause ] >> las vegas? [ cheers ] >> they're used to staying up all night. we have an interesting program this morning on u.s. policy in a dynamic and dangerous middle east. to introduce our first speaker, i'd like to call upon steve adler, member of our national commission from austin, texas. [ applause ] >> good morning. this morning's session is focused on the dramatic upheavals in the middle east and the policy challenges that they pose for the united states. the obama administration and office are expecting to face a full plate of issues to manage while pursuing mideast policy
May 1, 2012 6:30pm EDT
leader should have no doubt about the resolve of the united states or about israel's sovereign right to defend itself. as the president has said, we take no options off the table. of course, iran's nuclear program is not the only regional issue that is of concern to israel or its leaders. in a period of sweeping regional change that brings new opportunities but also new challenges and uncertainties, the united states will continue to bear israel's security in mind as we develop and implement our foreign policy in response to these challenges. concerning israel's neighbor, syria, we believe that the longer assad remains in power, the greater the risk that his brutal tactics will destabilize syria and possibly the region. for that reason, we are working with our international partners to pressure assad to step down as soon as possible so that a syrian-led stable and democratic transition can get going. in egypt we have supported the historic transition to democracy that began last spring. this will continue to be a bumpy ride. as egyptians debates freely the big issues of the day for the
May 4, 2012 1:30pm EDT
and muslim world. israel has its own leadership crisis as it makes a transition from the founding generation to a set of politicians who lack legitimacy and the authority to make the kinds of decisions that their predecessors were able to make. an investment trap, lack of street credibility, everybody says no to america without cost for consequence these days. and the absence of leadership. these are the three issues which will continue to dog and hound our policy. just a quick regional tour. iran, the issue of the nuclear issue in iran cuts to the core of one fundamental question that is do the -- want to acquire the capacity, if not the actual stockpile of nuclear weapons that is the core issue. there are five permanent members of circuit court council they have security weapons. the north koreans, the pakistans and the israelis. three of them in my judgment are nations driven by a fro found sense of insecurity and a profound sense of entitlement. that was the worst possible combination in a nation. it's even worse in a human being. someone who is profoundly insecure and yet who
May 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
what's going to be on that issue. and the other issue is there going to be an egypt/israel peace treaty, is it going to last. it has been the center piece for the last 30 years. if i have time, i'll have a third issue. arab spring. but basically how america and israel maybe look at egypt a little differently. where the similarities are, where the differences are. but let me try to stick to those two points. i think on the iran issue, we saw a convergence with the presidents and prime minister netanyahu's meeting in march, there were shall convergences on iran, but the fgaps were not closed. convergences was the president said containment will not work. and said this is america's problem to deal with. this is vital american national interest that has to be addressed. this is america's problem. because iran with nuclear weapons means an arms race in the most dangerous part of the world, the middle east. so this is something that was very important. and his concern that this will lead to proliferation, to nonstate actors, to terror groups, and that's what the president said. and tha
May 15, 2012 3:30pm PDT
emerging state of israel. the state of israel, that three of you supervisors visited as guests of the j.c. arce. this is not a personal trip. this is a political visit. the supervisors visited israel and as elected officials of san francisco. the state of israel represents an apartheid regime, that orchestrates a deliberate ethnic cleansing of the palestinian people. as our elected representatives and the people in positions of power, we are here to tell you that this is not acceptable. we ask you hold the conference with justice and the palestine should not be made an exception. >> good afternoon, board of supervisors. i was raised in the outer mission. like many who are the heart of san francisco, my father owned a store for 20 years, serving students at balboa high school. like hundreds of other palestinians and arabs, he is a cab driver in the city. my father was born in palestine in 1950. his family of 12 shared the this, and this is where the tel aviv airport is now standing. many of you have entered israel through this. i cannot go back. imagine, the early zionists were making
May 8, 2012 3:30am EDT
collected. we'll start feeding them into the debate. back to israel. the survey shows the obama administration's middle east policy has gained ground among jewish voters. with 58% approving. and 40% disapproving the president's handling of u.s. israel relations. while just last fall the results were that 40% approving. 53% das proisapproving. is this a referendum on the president's approach to israel. bill. >> improving, yeah. now, 58-40. which is bad. we have seen compared to general approval from jews. there is a reason. his first year he picked more fights with israel. voters rationally, or citizens, disapproved a little more of his policy since he has been sort of mugged by reality and decided he is not going to pressure the government and not building an apartment building in jerusalem. not going to negotiate with the palestinian state. while hamas controls gaza. and the various other, sort of, attempts to pressure -- rise yal. lo -- israel. why was that introduced at the u.n.? they would not think of introducing that, the p.a., under bush or clinton. they knew it was a non
May 6, 2012 4:20pm EDT
necessary. we have to defend the saudis and operate because we depend on oil. our support of israel and our intervention in south sudan, the relentless intervention of the united states on issues that are not very important to it is because of what is going on and it is a bipartisan stimulus. it's not just one person. until we stop that war think about stopping at, there is no chance to stop this war and that is why so much about kite has spread so greatly since 2001. >> our guest is the author of a number of books that we have featured here on c-span. we are discussing the 70 letter released by the government written by osama bin laden from september to about six until just before his death in april of last year. caller: thank you for taking my call. i studied at virginia tech and day made s. reed -- they made us read "a bill limiting tower. the caller from illinois said we need to go and bomb -- i don't see there be enough where we can go to war and that there are not going to be 19 people sending airplanes and to the towers. i feel like if we were to do that, it would fan resentment
May 10, 2012 7:30pm PDT
in israel. >> down through history, all people have struggled for land. in israel, however, the struggle takes on yet another dimension. somehow, the land is infused with the holy, and the quest for sovereignty, for political peace, is wrapped up in identity and relationship. in fact, as we talk to religious leaders, political leaders, and the average person on the street, we'll find out that sorting out this difficult and tangled issue over land is really the key to peace in israel in the future. in order to get a better understanding of land issues in israel, we were very fortunate to speak with dr. menachem lorberbaum at the hartman institute, where he's director of the center for jewish political thought. this center provides a voice of reason and passionate understanding in a society that is increasingly polarized by issues over land, religion, the ethical dimension, and its impact on society. >> well, the issue of land has been an issue for a century also in the zionist movement. first of all, sovereignty needs territory. sovereignty presumes territory. and therefore, the
May 9, 2012 1:00pm EDT
. the clerk: h.r. 4133, a bill to express the sense of congress regarding the united states-israel strategic relationship to direct the president to submit to congress reports on the united states' actions to enhance this relationship and to assist the dissents of israel and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman from california, mr. berman, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of the united states-israel enhanced security cooperation act of 2012 of which i am an original co-sponsor, and i thank the distinguished majority leader and minority whip for sponsoring this important legislation. the democratic jewish state of israel is our closest and most important ally. we share the same interests. we share the same values and l
May 2, 2012 7:30am EDT
been really ruinous for american troops, certainly in iraq and afghanistan. but israel is providing -- american military aircraft land in issue. that's what that navy propeller jet was doing. everywhere, this is to come and visit have a wonderful time. the friendly support in the mediterranean. but israel is not just involved in advancing america's military prowess on the battlefield. we're also engaged in saving american lives and saving american lives. some of you may remember that at the outset of the iraq and afghanistan flicks there was a lot of criticism in this country that american military vehicles had gone into battle with insufficient armor. remember the vulnerable humvees? the whole kibbutz in northern israel got about americans, and came up with an ingenious idea of making a do it yourself instant armoring kit. and as of today, this little kibbutz has armor about 20,000 american military vehicles serving in war areas, and we have saved countless lives to these armor kits. we get many thanks for this. from the husband, from the wise thinking for saving our kids. a direct
May 4, 2012 2:00pm EDT
a convergence, but still having gaps within it between the united states and israel and iran. how would you tie in what's been happening over the last few days in terms of being very bluntly critical of the prime minister and ehud barack in terms of their rhetoric on iran? what does what's going on in israel and yesterday in new york, in terms of -- how does that tie into the gaps between israel and the united states on iran? david? >> i would say we need a little historical perspective on this. if you go back to 1981, and there's a lot of differences between '81 and iran today, but if you look at israeli decision making in '81, there's much more similarity than you would think. the head of the massad was the head of the military intelligence, against the attack. you had leaders of the military defense establishment in israel that thought this was a mistake. and there was no defense minister. he had resigned over differences over the autonomy talks. what i take from that story and again, not every -- analogies are never perfect, is that do not underestimate political leadership. a
May 31, 2012 7:00am EDT
? >> israel hands over the bodies of dozens of palestinian militants. it says it's a goodwill jess tchour help the peace process. and they will be buried as martyrs to the cause. hello, and welcome to g.m.t. i'm george with world news and opinion. also in the program, the u.n. chief warns syria could be plunged into a catastrophic civil war. we'll be asking if there's any life left in the peace plan. and a special report on the militant group in nigeria that could prove more deadly than thought. >> it's 2:00 in the match in ramallah where the bodies of palestinian militants have arrived from is israel. there will be ceremonies in gaza to mark those whom palestinians regard as martyrs. they include those who died as far back as 1975. they help the handover will help restore peace talks. john? >> well, we understand that 91 bodies have now been handed over to the palestinians. and here in ramallah, the relatives and friends of some of those militants who have been killed over the last three decades have been gathering. now, this deal has been brewing for the last couple of days. is i
May 14, 2012 6:00pm PDT
ended their hunger strike after israel agrees. and voices of moderation being drowned out by forces of violence. a report from inside syria. it is 9:00 a.m. and singapore. >> judicata in the morning here, broadcast on pbs in america and elsewhere around the world. financial markets in europe and the united states have reacted with alarm to the crisis in greece and the stress it poses for the future of the euro zone. there is still no agreement from the new government in athens. with the possibility of new elections within a week, the future of the austerity program is in doubt. european finance ministers have reaffirmed their commitment of greece's remaining in the euro zone. there is a growing crisis and the likely response of the eu leaders. >> stock markets fell, the europe tumbled, on fears that greece would abandon the europe. others were drawn in. borrowing costs for spain neared dangerous levels. in athens, greek political leaders struggled for a ninth date to form a government. the deadlock could lead to new elections, where parties that oppose the terms of the greek bailout mi
May 15, 2012 9:00pm PDT
heather sells. israel is the birthplace of christianity. many places are under arab control. many are fleeing. andria garrett has the story. >> reporter: it could be described as a modern-day exodus. christians leaving beth le ham in great numbers. >> it is the remaining christians in west bank and gaza. gaza has a thousand, to 2,000 christians. if their needs are not addressed in 10, 15, at most 20 years, there won't be any christians in the cradle of christianity. this will be a memorial, a museum. >> threat of persecution including beatings between christian women and muslim men are some of the reasons why they left. although the economy picked up, uncertainty prevails>> many people have fear, and doubt in the unknown and unseen. >> pastor steve cory leads churches in bethlehem. cory says they do many unorthodox things that hope is only built on the solid rock of jesus christ. >> recent 60 minutes report blamed israel for the christian exodus. holy land arabs must share the blame. pastor cory told gary lane what palastinian believers are facing. >> you have christians afraid to
May 4, 2012 9:00am EDT
great implications of the state of israel. and, of course, ajc can be counted on to present all sides of the story indeed. >> thank you very much, linda. welcome to all of you, and it's a delight to be here this morning. i think it's not going to be too far of a stretch to suggest that our debaters, william kristol and barney frank, we'll have some disagreements. [laughter] this morning about the election. and, in fact, i think on many political issues we might find they have disagreements. but what they don't disagree point is the importance of being here with us today at the ajc. because what i believe, what did you believe is in the value of the ajc, the respect of the ajc, the intellectualism and the nonpartisan approach to the challenges that we face in this world, and the great success of our quiet diplomacy. so for that i thank them for being here today. i think it will be fun, and i'd like to encourage a now to sit back, watch a great introductory video, and then let the good times roll. so thank you all. [applause] >> a strategically important region, i've yet to find the reg
May 17, 2012 2:00am PDT
israel. and they make a stand against the apartheid in south africa. he must end their relations with them, and -- >> the next speaker? >> can you please continue to slide show. i am here to commemorate may 15, 1948, which in palestinian history, is the catastrophe. i would like to bring the attention of the -- the israeli government as a way to move the palestinian government from their homeland. nearly 800,000 palestinians were uprooted across the world. 532 settle its -- settlements -- they began demolishing the homes of palestinian refugees to prevent the return. more than 125,000 homes were destroyed. israel destroyed thousands of homes throughout the west bank, as well as the refugee camps in jericho and the gaza strip. 18,000 homes have been destroyed in occupied palestinian territory, with 12,000 outstanding orders in galilee, to date. they use this as a means to harass and demoralize and confiscate palestinian land. the process of demolishing homes and the basic infrastructure continues to shatter ended. the living conditions of the entire palestinian communities. on march 6,
May 15, 2012 12:30am PDT
economy. good >> palestinian prisoners and their hunger strike after israel agrees to a list of concessions. are the voices of moderation being drowned out by the forces of violence? we report from syria. >> welcome to newsday. we are going to be catching up more on our main story, but before we do so, let catch up with pakistan, were two russian cosmonauts and one american astronauts are about to launch into space. let's listen in. >> liftoff confirmed. >> as you can see, liftoff, on its way to join in the international space station crew, carrying engineers to space. they are now delivering 102 tons, four boosters single engine. it measures 6 feet to 8 feet in diameter. it is burning liquid fuel for the first seconds of the flight. >> it happens smoothly. small vibration. other than that, everything is fine. copy everything. >> there we have it. a successful launch of the rocket from kazakhstan, carrying two russian cosmonauts and one american astronauts launching into space, bound for the international space station. the trip takes two days. they will be carrying out a number
May 4, 2012 11:30am EDT
an perspectives in our own quest for knowledge. i am pleased to extend a warm welcome to israel's ambassador to the united states, dr. michael oren. our university president, dr. steven knapp extended an stwi toigs to dr. oren to speak to our university community and i want to take just a moment to thank three organizations, gwll, the international student association and safi, student alliance for israel, three organizations that took the initiative to see dr. knapp and encourage him to extend this invitation and i thank you for that initiative. dr. oren assumed his position as israel's ambassador to the united states in 2009. and in that position, of course, he's deeply involved in maintaining and building the very strong and close relationship that exists between the united states and israel. he travels widely throughout the united states. he regularly addresses a wide variety of groups and organizations. dr. oren is not at all a stranger to the academic world. formerly he was lady davis fellow of hebrew university, a fellow at tel aviv university and a distinguished fellow at
May 1, 2012 7:30pm EDT
war of discretion even from the perspective of israel's closest ally. under these circumstances, i don't think the issue is barack and netanyahu overcoming the concerns of the defense. it's about a ram and netanyahu overcoming hair their own fundamental insecurities and uncertainties about the risks voof involved in this operation and the prospects of what return justify those risks.about the rn this operation and the prospects of what return justify those risks. right now an israeli attack is like mowing the grass. the grass will grow back and it will grow back with an intensity and legitimacy and ferocity which will justify every single argument made as to why they need nuclear weapons. and under those circumstances, if you could even justify those risks, if in fact you could, a, justify the risks of failure, that is to say not succeeding, and the risks of reaping the world, including higher gas prices, royal financial markets, more attacks on americans in afghanistan. so as far as i'm concerned, this is less -- they can say what they want. david is right this is a political deci
May 17, 2012 6:30pm PDT
crossed illegally into israel in the past 02 years. >> israel may not be the first destination for many african migrants. most head there because it can be reached over land and european countries have become more strict about letting asylum seekers in. >> defense snakes through the desert along the border. is there to prevent infiltration by terrorists and the smuggling of weapons. human traffickers are also at work. they want to halt smuggling of african migrants. more and more people are being struggled -- smuggled across the border. the human rights group provides free medical aid. this man describes the violence he experienced at the hands of the smugglers. >> he was beaten upside down. even his reproductive organs were beaten. until he paid 5000. >> he was dropped off at the border and he crossed into israel on foot. his future remains uncertain. >> israel is entitled to decide who gets into its territory. but i think they can not just to build fences and come up with laws against infiltration. they also have to do something positive. they have to come up with migration policy. >>
May 20, 2012 2:30pm PDT
return. more than 125,000 homes were destroyed. israel destroyed thousands of homes throughout the west bank, as well as the refugee camps in jericho and the gaza strip. 18,000 homes have been destroyed in occupied palestinian territory, with 12,000 outstanding orders in galilee, to date. they use this as a means to harass and demoralize and confiscate palestinian land. the process of demolishing homes and the basic infrastructure continues to shatter ended. the living conditions of the entire palestinian communities. on march 6, 2012, a village had its residential structures destroyed for the 38 time by israeli bulldozer. they have been clearing land to make way for a forest. the residents now live in a cemetery. i want to spread news on what is happening in palestine. thank you. >> the next speaker? >> mancow have the slide show? i am the professor at san francisco university. anyone who watches the news knows that this is the 77th day of a hunger strike. we were joined by 2500 other -- this is a cool practice of coal -- holding prisoners, for six months without charges. with the
May 31, 2012 2:30pm PDT
visit to israel and palestinian territories. and should governments in europe be allowed to keep records on mobile phone and internet use? ♪ >> a warning today to syria's richet from the united nations. you are pushing your country towards a civil war it will never recover from. >> ban ki-moon talking about the bloodshed that continues despite an official ceasefire in the presence of u.n. observers. >> more reports of troops once again shelling the region of houla, the site of last week's massacre. >> and more violence in homs, one of the major flash points of the conflict. >> their houses are destroyed, and even as the people here tried to flee the destruction, new explosions can be heard. this is homs. fighting is raging across syria, like here in this internet footage from houla. few here have faith that damascus will implement the peace plan from kofi annan. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton rebukes moscow for propping up the regime when a political transition is what is needed. >> i can tell you that right now we're focused on supporting kofi annan, reaching out, both inside
May 17, 2012 9:00pm EDT
counterpart. following the meeting, secretary panetta announced plans to give israel an extra $70 million for a short range missile defense program called iron dome. this is a half hour. >> good afternoon. before taking your questions, let me preview the next few days. this weekend, as you know, secretary panetta travels to chicago for the nato summit. at the summit, secretary panetta will participate in discussions with heads of state and will attend three north atlantic council sessions. the first on 21st century century nato capabilities, the second with isaf nations on long-term commitment to afghanistan, and the third on nato partnerships involving partners in the libya operation and discussing how nato can work with these and other nations in the future. in addition to these sessions, the secretary will have the opportunity to convene a working dinner of his fellow defense ministers. this summit comes at an important and historic time for the alliance. nato nations have come a long way together in recent years, and allies and partners can take stock of that and look for ways
May 17, 2012 6:00pm EDT
u.s. will provide an additional $70 million to support israel's short range missile defense system, that announcement from leon panetta issuing a statement saying that he was directed by the president to fill israel's request for the cash needed to run what is known as the iron dome system. the u.s. already has provided israel with more than $200 million for this system in addition to the roughly $3 billion given to israel annually for security assistance and the defense department plans to request additional funding for the iron dome over the next three years and an exact figure on the additional assistance has not been given and it was one of the question that is came up earlier with spokesperson george little. >> spencer. >> is the department looking for any applications that iron dome might have to the united states for either protecting or site installations, perhaps navy ships, et cetera? >> the focus of iron dome is the course on israel and at this stage and if there are applications elsewhere and can't rule out the possibility we would be looking to transfer that knowledge
May 30, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >>> back overseas to the middle east and while the world's attention has been focused on syria, israel remains focused on the continuing threat posed by iran's nuclear program. the israeli defense minter made that point repeatedly to our richard engle. richard now has this report from tel aviv and the exclusive interview. >> good evening, lester. here in israel, the threat of iran's nuclear program is still as immediate as ever. the possibility of an israeli strike is still on the table. i sat down with the man in charge of israel's military who called current negotiations with iran, quote, a ritual in self delusion. israel is breaking its silence on iran's nuclear talks held with world powers in baghdad this month. >> i'm not sure that they're serious about it. >> the defense minter said iran is just buying time, that it's still working toward a nuclear weapon, and israel won't stand for it. >> we're committed to do whatever it takes to prevent iran from turning into a military power. a nuclear weapon. >> u.s. military officials have said they oppose an attack on iran, too provocative
May 17, 2012 12:00am PDT
israel's defense minister go to protect his country from iran, and what does he want america to do? i'll ask him in an exclusive interview. >>> and billy bob thornton, a prime-time exclusive. anti-hero, oscar winner and angelina jolie's ex. >> i'm so normal that i would probably bore anyone to tears if they hung out with me. >> he tells all the rumors, romances and the one that got away. >>> and keeping america great with president obama's power fund-raiser, the man they call the george clooney of hedge funds, knows wall street better than anybody. what does he think of the facebook frenzy, jpmorgan chase and that $2 billion mistake. >>> plus only in america, why you should never, ever come between a man and his fish. >> they refuse to give us any more fish. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. we begin as we do every night with the big story. it's a very real threat of a war between iran and israel, one washington is desperately trying to avoid. no matter who wins the election in november, the president will have to face the reality that this country's closest ally in th
May 7, 2012 12:00pm EDT
representative barney frank and the "the weekly standard" editor william kristol. israel was the central focus but the two discussed a wide range of other issues including abuse of president obama and the presumptive residential nominee mitt romney. this is just under an hour and 20 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen please welcome a jc executive councilmembers, linda mirels and john shapiro. [applause] >> good morning. john and i are delighted to welcome you to today's great debate of 2012ajc global forum. this has become an anchor a band event for the global forum, and the great debate can really be -- is always a place where you can hear the important issues. two years ago, many of us were here for the memorable debate on iraq and as we heard yesterday, this continues to be a very pressing issue for the community. and last year, the event covered israeli relations and another issue which can be heard in the corridors of all major jewish organizations. most appropriately, this year the debate will be on the american presidential election, an issue that will impact us all and has great im
May 7, 2012 10:30pm EDT
consistently supportive of a policy that respects israel's right to a independent democratic jewish state. you are talking about in the house of representatives 10, 20, maybe, 25 votes, very small minorities, a couple of republicans, more democrats, but this notion that -- the republicans have, have marginalized ron paul and buchanan but the democratic, anti-israel wing, critical of israel to the point. here is the difference. i would differentiate it this s way. and the point is that do people take their -- historically, conservatives have been critical of the israeli government thinking they went too far. and translate that into tractions that deny the needs in foreign policy. foreign aid, et cetera. the answer is that neither party's wing that is, excessively critical of israel and unwilling to support measures for israel had any impact on the policy process what ever. when people take credit for the fact that obama has become more pro israel. i think we are talking about an elephant stick. an elephant stick is a guy walking around -- central park with a big stick, and people say what
May 4, 2012 10:30pm EDT
election. this will impact us all and have great implications for the state of israel. of course, ajc can be counted on to provide all sides of the story. >> thank you very much. welcome to all of you. it is a delight to be here this morning. it has not become too far of a stretch to say that william kristol and barney frank will have some disagreements. what they don't disagree upon is the importance of being here with us today. what they do believe this is the value of the ajc, the intellectualism of the agency, and the great success of our diplomacy and so for that, i thank them for being here today. i would like to encourage you now to sit back, watch a great introductory video, and then let the good times roll. thank you all. [applause] >> and the blue corner, a veteran congressman barney frank, famous for his quick tongue, and his career which spanned civil rights, federal regulations, foreign policy. >> people in the hillary clinton machine say barack obama. he cannot run against hillary clinton? >> in the red corner, bill kristol. the editor of "the weekly standard." a thorn in th
May 17, 2012 3:00am EDT
israel, one washington is desperately trying to avoid. no matter who wins the election in november, the president will have to face the reality that this country's closest ally in the middle east may be on the verge of attacking the islamic republic. the consequences could be catastrophic but is it too late to stop? joining me now is defense minister and former prime minister ehud barak. and a friend of the show. thank you for coming back, sir. you're here because tomorrow you go to washington to see defense secretary leon panetta on funding for a missile defense system for israel. this puts the whole atmosphere about israel's security to the central political fore right now and key issue is iran. everyone says it's a tale of two barack obama and ehud barak. you are the key figure who is keenest on taking military action against iran. what do you say to that? >> i say we have a different political system. we have a government. we don't have -- i don't believe the key person, there is prime minister netanyahu, the government, they make decisions collectively. i'm not sure whether we are
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May 11, 2012 12:00am EDT
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May 10, 2012 6:00pm PDT
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